Three white men have been officially charged for the killing of African American man Ahmaud Arbery. The man was shot while he was on a jog in a suburban neighbourhood along Georgia’s coast.
On Wednesday prosecutor Joyette Holmes announced that the grand jury has charged Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. for Malice and felony murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
“This is another positive step, another great step for finding justice for Ahmaud, for finding justice for this family and the community beyond,” Holmes said.Read More– Eric Trump calls anti-racist protesters “animals”
Demands for justice for Arbery were made at the Black Lives Matter protests taking place all around the country. The death of Arbery caused a new state hate crimes law to be pushed and passed by lawmakers on Tuesday in Georgia.
Arbery was killed on Feb. 23rd when Greg and Travis McMichael saw him jogging through their neighbourhood. The father and son duo armed themselves and followed the 25-year-old black man. The father claimed Arbery was a burglar and he had attacked his son before the pair shot him. Arby’s family claim he was out on a run.
The third man, Bryan said he saw the McMichael’s chasing Arbery and joined them according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Richard Dial.
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On May 7th, a video leaked from Bryan’s cell phone went viral and caused a national outcry. Greg and Travis McMichael were arrested on the same day while Bryan was arrested on May 22nd for trying “to confine and detain” Arbery without legal authority by “utilizing his vehicle on many occasions” before the man was shot.